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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 11, 2010 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' ~ Picasso

Outstanding thread, CP; never would've guessed. I've always loved folks that can do wonders with their hands, in any number of domains.

Your comments on the "in the knows" vs the rest of us is of course so true on so many levels. For some of them, of course, I have to be counted as one of the "in the know" snobs, and can trot out reasons for why it has to be "this" way, etc., etc. Of course, a little tolerance goes a long way (though as you all well know, I lack this for a handful of issues; but hey--I can ask for tolerance for my intolerance on occasion, right?).

I do happen to see the pt of the "must have a lid" when cooking, storing, and so on and so forth with such dishes, but could certainly live with one that lacked it...tin foil is amazing stuff afterall. One of those rare items/substances that just fascinates and functions at the same time (at least for me).

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Poster: CPettingill Date: Dec 11, 2010 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' ~ Picasso

Tin foil and duct tape. I actually turn the feet on my mugs to fit inside a roll of duct tape. Because... it is the cup holder in my 21 year old van. That and a few napkins in the glove box, doubles as a first aid kit.

The way I make oval bakers, a lid presents many problems, first and foremost, it will only fit one specific way. Not a good thing when it's fresh from a hot oven and you're trying to put it on backwards while holding on for dear life with a pot holder.

Being made of stoneware, they stay hot a long time. We've gone to pot luck dinners, taken the dish from the oven, put foil over the rim, driven a half-hour, set it on the table, removed the foil, and the food is still steaming.

So I make round casseroles for the must have a lid crowd. Any way you put it back, it fits. Lately, I have been making the lids dome shaped, because a few folks have been asking for tagines (Morroccan cooking pots). Once again I've Americanized the peices. It will work like a tagine, but I don't have to make them specifically. I'm not North African. For the ones in the know who own them, they are really happy. Not only can they cook their couscous, but baked beans as well, and the folks who just want a good bean pot, may stumble on an exotic recipe, dig through their cabinets, and think, hey this peice will work.

And for all the "in the knows" out there. I will learn something from you, whether you like it or not, add it to my bag of tricks, and make it work to suit a variety of purposes. That goes for pottery, drinking, cooking, and Grateful Dead music.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 11, 2010 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' ~ Picasso

Duct tape: it won the West, the second time over. That's one of the first things I learned in AZ.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 11, 2010 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' ~ Picasso

Keep that tin foil hat on, Tell... you never know who's out there!

(~); )

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 11, 2010 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' ~ Picasso

what's so funny, uj, is that I wrote in a sentence or two on just THAT (the hat), as a joke, but it got deleted before I posted!? Bizarre...

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Poster: high flow Date: Dec 11, 2010 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' ~ Picasso

You can't get that nice burnt cheese crust on mac and cheese if you put a lid on it. So, if I were to purchase a mac and cheese pot.....I'd expect no lid. Now clay pot cooking does require a lid......but c'mon.

I've got a roaast slow cookin' in the dutch oven...as we speak(or write).